FRANK and Anne Kennedy’s love story has spanned 60 years and shows no signs of slowing.
The pair marked their 60th wedding anniversary last Thursday, which was followed by an official celebration with their family and friends on Saturday.
The Kennedys are known by many in Leeton shire after Frank’s many years in the building industry and Anne’s passion for the retail industry.
They have been involved in numerous organisations and groups over the years, with Frank also a retired firefighter, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law.
The pair married on May 25 in what was a morning service at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church.
“Frank had an A-model Ford and you could hear around town when you weren’t with him … I heard him the morning of the wedding and thought he was going to be late,” Anne said.
Thankfully, Frank was at the service on time and so started decades of romance, companionship and many happy family times.
The pair had three children together – Christoper (deceased), Louise and Janet.
They have five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The pair have spent the majority of their married life living in Leeton apart from six years when they moved to Sydney.
Both acknowledged being married for so many years came with its ups and downs, but were happy to pass on their advice.
“You’ve real just got to work at it,” Anne said.
“You have to persevere and recognise it’s not going to be easy all of the time. I think it’s also important to stay close as a family. Family is very important.” Both said there were many qualities in the other that they continued to admire to this day.
“We’re best friends and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Anne said. The pair joked about how they first met when Anne asked Frank to be her debutante ball partner, but he declined as he had already committed to partnering another young lady.
“After that we started going to dances and we went from there,” Frank said. The pair thanked their family, friends and wider community for their anniversary well wishes.